Cipriani Downtown Having a Bit of Work Done; Cupcake Glut Still Centered in the West Village

Astoria: La Guli Bakery at 29-15 Ditmars Boulevard serves gelato throughout the winter if you get an irrational craving in this blistery weather. [Joey in Astoria]
East Village: La Palapa is offering Super Bowl catering packages if you decide to pass on the Tostitos and Chi-Chis salsa this year. [Grub Street]
Forest Hills: Rouge Bistro has closed. [Grub Street]
Hells Kitchen: Newish restaurants like Coopers Tavern and Go!Go! Curry mean you can finally find something to eat in the garment district. [NYT]
Midtown East: "I could live and dine out nightly for more than 100 years, and I still dont think Id come to understand restaurants like Il Nido," says Bruni about the expensive, hit-or-miss Italian. But over 1,000 words later, hes explained the survival of old-school inconsistent restaurants quite well. [Diners Journal/NYT]
Soho: Cipriani Downtown will be closed most of this week for renovations to the floor and bar area. [Eater]
West Village: A cupcake bar called Sweet Revenge is opening this spring at 62 Carmine Street near Bedford Street, and the owners goal is to sex up the revered city sweets. [Crains NY via Eater]